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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Moody Fantasy Books?
« on: November 22, 2018, 01:57:58 PM »
Hey folks. Could anybody recommend me some dark moody and raw fantasy books? I'm thinking dark, cold and stormy boreal forests and taiga, sullen anti-heroes and witch-kings (who may or may not be the same). The kind of book that Dark Souls and Black Metal make you think of.

Things that I have read and loved:

The Second Apocalypse by R Scott Bakker
Malazan Books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
Kane by Karl Edward Wagner
The Black Company by Glen Cook

With a lot of talk going around lately about movies and shows like Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, The Great Wall and Ghost in the Shell, do you think people will accept Paul Atreides becoming the Messiah of the Fremen?

While it's true that there are a LOT of European-based fantasy novels out there I feel like the vast majority are based on Western Europe, and Northern Europe is pretty much ignored. It's also true that there are quite a few Viking\Norse influenced books but I feel like the Fennoscandia region with its really unique culture has been left out in the cold *ahem*. I know Tolkien and Moorcock took some inspiration from but I am looking for books that fully embrace it. Anybody know of any?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Books Similar To Morrowind?
« on: August 02, 2015, 06:01:45 PM »
It's that time again Jon_Anon asking for more book recommendations ;D So I was wondering if anybody has played the game Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and if so do they know of any books similar to it?

Now if you have only played Oblivion or Skyrim then you might be under the impression that the Elder Scrolls series is a fun but pretty generic fantasy setting but that's really not true especially when it comes to Morrowind.
 Morrowind sits apart because of how unique and alien the environment is. Morrowind is an inhospitable land of volcanic ash deserts and salt-swamps with big fungus\mushroom trees and it is filled with weird creatures such as the giant flying jellyfish-like Netch, large two legged lizards called Guar and half crab half humanoids called the Dreugh. Below the surface of Morrowind there are huge underground cities filled with highly advanced technology that have been abandoned by a forgotten race called the Dwemer. The whole place is like a Lovecraftian High Fantasy combined with a Post Apocalypse.

And it's not just the landscape that makes it unique but also the culture of the people who live there called the Dunmer (Dark Elves). The game takes heavy inspiration from Vedic and Semitic religions as well as Thelemic philosophy and mysticism. Also a lot of visual inspiration was taken from Babylonian as well as other Near and Far East civilisations.

Here are a few pictures and music so you can get a feel for what I mean:









Sorry I couldn't embed them, for some reason I can't get it to work.   :-\

First official trailer of thr Shannara Chronicles. What do you thinks?


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Indiana Jones?
« on: June 16, 2015, 10:14:42 PM »
It's me again asking for more recommendations!

Ok so we all know the type. Dungeon running, treasure hunting pulp adventures ala Indian Jones\Lara Croft\Allan Quartermain. But I was wondering is there any books like this but set in a fantasy type setting? If only Joe Abercrombie wrote a book like this. 


Tomorrow at 3PM (UK time) Bethesda will finally officially announce Fallout 4. Hopefully we will get a teaser trailer or something as well. ANybody else as excited for this as I am?

Also I wonder if this along with the success of Mad Max: Fury Road signals a future bump in popularity for post-apoc fiction?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Gothic High Fantasy?
« on: May 25, 2015, 05:31:55 PM »
I've always been a fan of genre fusion and after playing a bunch of Bloodborne and reading the solicits for the comic Angela: Witch Hunter I really have the notion to read some gothic style High\Epic Fantasy. I know there is a lot of gothic in some Urban Fantasy and Steampunk but that'snot really what I'm looking for.

Any suggestions?


Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Dragon Age: Inquisition
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:57:38 AM »
Anybody been playing it? I got it today and have put in a few hours and I've been loving it so far. It really feels like Bioware has gotten back on track.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Asian Inspired Dark Fantasy?
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:26:13 AM »
Hi all, I'm looking for a high fantasy series that takes place on an asian inspired world. I've been recommended a few in the past but most of them have been lighthearted and fun almost fairytale like books but what I'm looking for is a dark and gritty Malazan\ASOIAF\First Law style book. I have tons of dark High Fantasy set in fake-Europe and I've just picked up a bunch set in the fake-Middle East but for some reason I'm having real trouble finding any set in fake-Japan\China\Far East.

So I was playing Skyrim the other day and I was running around in Solstheim and I just realise how much that place reminds me of a post-apocalypse wasteland. And it got me thinking is there any fantasy fiction in takes place in a world like that? And I don't really mean the Prince of Thorns style in where it's really a future world that's regressed.

I just started reading this and damn do I love it! I've always thought of Malazan as "The One" fantasy books since it hit everything I've always wanted in a fantasy book but it looks like I've found "The Two"  ;) Anybody else reading Bakker?

Table Top & RPG Games / Anybody Played Numenera?
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:04:13 AM »
I've never played an RPG before but everything about numenera seems pretty awesome. I wish there was people near me that was in to this so I could play.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Any Books From An Orcs Point Of View?
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:36:27 PM »
Preferably one that's not written in a comedic tone.

I read 1001 Nights years ago and I've always loved it and I'm also a big fan of Prince of Persia and the Seven Cities in Malazan but I was wondering does anybody know of any high fantasy novels that take place in a middle eastern style setting?

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